Type III Cylinders for Portable Modules Built in Tulsa
Luxfer and San Francisco-based GTM Technologies have formed a joint venture whereby Luxfer will supply Type III cylinders to be used in modules for transporting and storing compressed gases, with a decided focus on compressed natural gas, primarily for energy production customers.
GTM manufactures the modules in Tulsa, Okla. Luxfer manufactures the lightweight aluminum-lined, carbon fiber-wrapped cylinders in Riverside, Calif. and at the Calgary facility of Luxfer Canada, the former Dynetek.
“We’re in it together,” says GTM president Michael Koonce. “They’re a minority partner in the joint venture,” he told F&F.
CNG Has Certain Advantages
GTM is among an emerging cadre of companies that sees CNG as a better bet than liquefied natural gas for energy E&P – exploration and production activities, primarily drilling and hydraulic fracturing.
Luxfer has invested in the tube trailer and “pod” operation, Koonce says, explaining that the joint venture structure makes it easier for GTM to offer its CNG units for lease, saving customers the up-front costs of outright purchase.
Driving market demand is the widely publicized extraction of natural gas from more than 20 major shale oil basins in the U.S., as well as several locations in Canada, states the Luxfer announcement.
Houston-based OsComp Systems, which supplies CNG to E&P operators including Schlumberger, is a major GTM customer. GTM modules find use in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and as far afield as Indonesia.
“We essentially provide portable pipelines,” Koonce says in the Luxfer release. “Compressing natural gas, rather than liquefying it, requires less capital equipment and is much less energy-intensive. Unlike LNG, CNG is stable, requiring no insulation or refrigeration, and it costs about half as much to produce.
“Our customers are now able to switch to natural gas as a fuel source and thereby cut their energy costs by more than half, which can mean millions.”
GTM bases its designs on 9-foot Luxfer tanks, with several module configuration, including “a package ideal for small users in hard-to-reach locations and/or difficult road conditions.” The larger GTM 5100 module is based on a standard, 20-foot long ISO shipping container – “easily moved and transported using equipment that is readily available anywhere in the world.” It holds upwards of 1,300 diesel gallon equivalents of CNG.
The modular “pod,” or GTM 2500, holds 651 DGE. Custom sizes are available too.
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